PittsburghMom is our original, featured blog by Heather Starr Fiedler.  Heather created PittsburghMom in March 2008 and began this journey.  Heather is the mom to two young boys, Matthew (9) and Benjamin (7), a college professor and General Manager of PittsburghMom. She's busy, but not too busy to blog about her sometimes serious, sometimes painful and often humorous thoughts on life and share her favorite Pittsburgh spots for families.


Overscheduled summer

Written by Heather Starr Fiedler. Posted in PittsburghMom

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This summer is flying by way too fast.  I may be going crazy, but I seem to remember previous summers as filled with lazy mornings and many, many "what should we do today" days.

This summer I can't recall a single one.  Every morning we're up early and out the door to camp. The first truly lazy, unscheduled day I can forsee won't be until the first week of August.

I fear that I overscheduled our summer this year.  I signed the kids up for a few camps and we are taking a vacation next week. 

It didn't seem that much when I booked it:

  • The boys each went to a 2-3 night Cub Scout overnight camp (with parent)
  • They each went to a 3-day all-day Cub Scout camp
  • They were signed up for the local rec program in the mornings from June 18-July 25 (but we skipped it for other camps)
  • They are signed up for a 5-day science camp all day next week.
  • They will spend a week at my parent's house in New York

Everything seems to come one after another and ended up booking us for nearly every day so far this summer. Everything they've done has been fun, but I wish I had a better balance of "what should we do today" days.

I have a season pass to Sandcastle and haven't used it yet.
We have only been to a pool once for a couple of hours.

I need time to slow down so we can have more summer.  Before we know it we'll be back to school. Sigh.

How tightly do you schedule summer?  


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Know your truth....and stand by it

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Last night I gave a short talk to a room of 100 social media professionals. Many of the speakers had a short "message" and mine was "Know your Truth".

I talked about the reality of blogging about something so personal (parenting) and having to open myself up to the feedback that often accompanies my posts.

It's hard. I won't lie.  To put something so personal online and have strangers judge me on a regular basis takes a thick skin.You just have to know your truth and stand by it. If your truth is that you feel a certain way about vaccinations or sleep training or that your husband is a bad housekeeper, don't feel bad about sharing it. And don't apologize for it.

I talked about how sometimes I post about things I know might welcome negative comments and, in those cases, I steel myself for what's to come. I go through the scenarios in my head and make sure I'm prepared for them. I "brace for impact".

When I wrote about needing to see a therapist with Ben I was so worried. I cried like crazy writing my first "Life with Ben" post.   I was so scared to post it. It was so personal and painful. Admitting I couldn't do it alone and needed help was hard and I wasn't sure I could handle any negative feedback.

And then something wonderful happened. Everyone was absolutely fantastic. I got dozens of comments and private messages from people wanting to help, wanting to share their own story, and thanking me for sharing mine. 

Other times I post something that I think is innocent tongue in cheek banter and end up getting slammed in the comments.  I'll never forget the time I asked, for a local new mom, what apps were available to track her newborns feeding and diaper changes for the doctor. People attacked her, saying she needed to put down the phone and pay attention to her baby. That she was going to be a terrible mother.  It shocked and saddened me.

I also told the story of when I wrote about yelling at my husband for being a bad photographer. I jokingly wrote that sometimes I holler at him in public because he just can't take a good picture to save his life.  People tore me to shreds, saying that I was disrespectful to my husband and I needed to support him at all times, not speak negatively about him in a public forum.

I started to really question myself. Was I a bad wife? Should I have posted that?

Then a week later, on a once-in-a-lifetime trip, he took this picture of me and the kids


So that's my truth. Truth. I need help with my son. Truth. My husband is a bad photographer. Truth. MY truth.

What's your truth?

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The end of big birthday parties?

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My oldest son, Matthew, turned 9 last week.  When I asked him what he wanted to do for his birthday and gave him several "party place" options, I threw in one alternative: Kennywood with just a couple of friends instead of a party.

He immediately jumped on the Kennywood idea and didn't look back. I was torn at first. I somewhat love planning parties. We've had big parties for him every since since he was born. We've done them both at home and at party places.  I enjoy picking a theme and running with it and I enjoy seeing all of his classmates and their parents.

What I don't love is the price tag.  Parties have gotten so expensive. By the time you pay the per-child cost and add in food, cake and favors, I'd guess I spend well over $300-$400 on each party.  All for 2 hours of absolute chaos.  Where typically, at the end, I'm left feeling like a tornado went through my brain. There are gifts and wrapping paper everywhere. Extra favors that years later are still sitting on my dining room shelf.  Two dozen thank you notes to write. And it's all over in the blink of eye.

So when he latched onto the Kennywood party I let him go with it. I knew it meant no theme. No cake and ice cream. No seeing lots of friends.  But that's what he wanted.

And it was fabulous. I do admit it was a bit odd to not have a candles for my baby to blow out on his birthday (I tried to bring cupcakes but it was hot and they melted) :)

But as I watched him with his friends (he invited four) run from ride to ride to ride, all the while loudly proclaiming it was the "BEST PARTY EVER!" my heart was overjoyed. He's chosen his friends well and they were a delight to have for the day. I "rode the green bench" all day, as they had absolutely no use for me. I'm glad I brought a book to keep me entertained. I bought each boy a Minecraft tshirt as a favor and they wore them for the day. It had nothing to do with any theme, which made me die inside a little ;) but I knew they'd love them.

We stopped for pizza on the way home where talked turned to their favorite ride of the day and how much fun they'd had. Total price for the day: $175 

This may be the end of big birthday parties for us....and I'm ok with that.



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Finally time for a new bike

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I think I may be the only mom in the world that begs my child to let me spend money on him.  You see, Ben does not like change. At all.  When he finds something he likes he sticks with it. For a long time. Long past its normal life span.

Take his sneakers, for example. They are literally worn completely down to nothing and have holes in the bottoms of them. But despite several trips to shoe stores and even the purchase of another pair, he still refuses to give up the old comfortable ones.

The latest struggle in our house has been over his bicycle. He's had his beloved bike for several years and has grown way too big for it. His knees practically hit his shoulders.  We tried to bring it to donate to my annual toy drive and he "caught" us and insisted we bring it back home.  

Then my parents bought him a bike for his birthday present (they gave him money to buy a bike) but he said no thank you. He just didn't want to part with his old bike.  

For months now we've been offering to go look at new bikes, but he's politely refused.

And then, suddenly, last weekend, while on a bike ride, he declared "I think I'm ready for a new bike".  I about fell off my own bike.

We made sure he didn't change his mind and then took him to a couple of stores where he finally picked out the perfect bike.  We made sure to get a nice quality one since we know he'll keep it for years (and by years I mean probably forever) ;)

My husband and I joked at how darn excited we were to buy this bike. Spending a big chunk of money is not usually something that gets me excited, but Ben hardly ever asks for anything, even when he needs it, so we were thrilled to actually cash in on his long-anticipated birthday present. 

In addition, it's just nice to see him "let go" of things once and a while. I admire his loyalty, but he has such a hard time with any change, and so when he not only accepts it, but asks for it himself, it makes me feel like he's maturing.  We even talked about this in therapy. The therapist suggested that he try something new (like socks or a new shirt) for one minute the first day, then two minutes the next day, and so on, until he got used to them. It's been somewhat successful, but not easy. So this sudden desire for a brand new bike was unexpected and huge for him.

Next up: Get him to wear those new shoes! (fingers crossed)

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Pittsburgh Family Fun - Pittsburgh Area Campgrounds 2014

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 Summer is here! And after the long, cold winter we had, nothing sounds better than the thought of some yummy s'mores over a crackling fire.  A few months ago we asked for your thoughts on the best campgrounds in Allegheny and surrounding counties. We've compiled a list of those and some other nearby campgrounds to check out this summers.  Happy Camping!




Indian Brave Campground

159 Perry Highway (Rt 19) Harmony, PA 16037

(724) 452-9204

Indian Brave Campground offers a convenient getaway where your family can relax in a safe gated, wooded surrounding. Enjoy the Olympic-size pool, game room, seasonal entertainment and children’s activities.

With 25 travel sites, we can accommodate small R.V.’s to large motor homes, with 30 and 50 AMP hookups, including city water and sewage, and FREE cable television. We also offer cabin rentals, plenty of primitive tent sites, a dump station, ice, firewood, a recreation hall, restrooms, showers, camp store, and laundry room. Security features, and campground patrol makes for a safe time while you and your family enjoy your stay with us.


  • Seasonal sites with concrete pads

  • Travel sites with full hook-ups (30&50amp)

  • Open and wooded primitive tent sites

  • 2 rustic cabins (sleeps 4)

  • Group tenting area

  • Laundromat

  • Large rec hall – Activities for all

  • Olympic size swimming pool

  • Two clean bathhouses with hot showers

  • Camp store including ice and firewood

  • Free cable TV

  • Leashed pets permitted



  • Large game room

  • Swimming for all ages

  • Playground

  • Basketball court

  • Walking and biking trail

  • Organized activities for all ages

  • Riverbank fishing

  • Horse shoe pits

Rates range from $20 per day for primitive campsites to $40 per day for cabins. Weekly and monthly rates are available.

 More information:  http://indianbravecampground.net/

Moraine State Park

225 Pleasant Valley Rd

Portersville, PA 16051

(724) 368-8811


The gently rolling hills, lush forests and sparkling waters disguise a land that has endured the effects of continental glaciers and massive mineral extraction.

Each year over one million boaters, hikers, bikers and swimmers visit the 16,725-acre park, yet never realize that many people helped restore the park from prior coal mining and oil and gas drilling practices. Today, the park is an outstanding example of environmental engineering achievement.

Eleven modern cabins are available for rent year-round. These electrically heated cabins sleep six people and have two bedrooms, bathroom with shower, kitchen, dining/living area and a dock on Lake Arthur during the summer season. Renters must provide their own linens, towels, cookware and tableware. Play equipment for children is in a central area.

From June until August, cabins must be rented by the week with prices ranging from $194 to $586 depending on the cabin.  Tent camping is not permitted at Moraine.


Reservations can be made online: http://www.pa.reserveworld.com/SelectCampArea.aspx?PK_ID=6210

Bear Run Campground

184 Badger Hill Rd,

Portersville, PA 16051


Bear Run Campground is a full-service family vacation destination operated by the Wehr Family since 1975. This Top Rated Good Sam and Trailer Life Park offers a wide range of accommodations; select from RV and pull-thru sites, rustic to deluxe cabins or tent and backpacking & walk-in sites. Bear Run Campground has all the amenities to make your stay convenient and easy going. In addition, Bear Run Campground offers an array of activities for adults and children.

Bear Run Campground borders Moraine State Park with access to McConnells Mill State Park, National Scenic North Country Trail and Jennings Education Center. Kayak and canoe rentals are available at the campground. Bear Run Campground offers complete packages for your getaway enjoyment. Decide from shopping at Grove City Outlets, Living Treasures Wild Animal Park, Horseback Riding or Kayaking/Canoeing. These packaged getaways make for quick and easy trips.

Rates range from $28.00 for a basic camping site to $169.00 per night for a two-bedroom Cabin.

More information:  http://bearruncampground.com

Rustic Acres RV Resort and Campground

634 Pine Terrace Road

Shippenville, PA 16254

(814) 226-9850

A 24 acre, family campground located in Clarion County, in northwest Pennsylvania near Clarion, Leeper, Marianville, Franklin and Cooks Forest; and within easy access to two rivers;

Clarion River and Allegheny River. Rustic Acres is snuggled in by giant oak and pine trees. Additionally, we are bordered on two sides by beautiful Pennsylvania State game lands; 3,000 acres of wooded game land, boasting public hunting and fishing of both large and small game.

Rustic Acres boasts a beautiful campground that surrounds a wonderful picnic pavilion, with a sun room, fully equipped kitchen, and plenty of room left for dancing and parties. We offer 95 full service (electric, water & sewage) RV sites, a multitude of primitive sites, and variety of camper rentals. Any one of these options insures your unique camping experience.

For RV campers, we offer shaded, level sites that feature full hookups, including 20 and 30 amp electric. With our generous sites, even big rigs and campers with slide-outs will find that they have room to spare. There are even back-to-nature wooded, primitive sites for tent campers.

Every campsite comes with a picnic table and fire-ring for outdoor meals or songs around the campfire. For the kid in all of us,  Rustic Acres offers horse shoes, shuffle board, children's playground, wading creek, basketball, volleyball, miniature golf, and hiking trails.


Primitive: $22 per day, $122 per week, $250 per month

Primitive with water and electric: $25 per day, $150 plus electric per week, $300 plus electric  per month

All costs are for a family of four. Two Adults and two children under 18.

Additional rules and rates available at http://rusticacrescampground.com/rates.html


Oil Creek Family Campground

340 Shreve Road,

Titusville, PA 16354

Within walking distance of Oil Creek State Park and the Allegheny National Forest is nearby.  

Our Playground with swings, slide, climbing pole, tetherball, funnelball, & tic tac toe is a great place to play with new found friends. Then grab a pole and catch some smallmouth bass or bluegill in our pond. At night take a flashlight to light the way on a walk through the maze.


Visit the Llama Petting Pen and let them eat grass right out of your hand. Pieces of apples, pears, and grapes make a nice treat for them, also. Some years we may have Alpacas which are a smaller version of the same animal. One year a baby llama was born right here. Don’t forget to check out the teddy bears made from the fiber of the llama, they are especially soft and cuddly.


Basic site rates for 2 people

Add $2.00 for each additional person

Children 5 and under are free


Rustic, no hook ups: $ 26.00 per night

Water & electric:  $ 28.00 per night

Water, electric, & sewer $ 30.00 per night

Weekly ($50 deposit required) 7th night free

Cabins are also available.

More information on rates and planned activities can be found at http://www.oilcreekcampground.com



Kalyumet Campground

8630 Miola Rd

Lucinda, PA 16235



Kalyumet is an Indian term for the word welcome, and a warm welcome is in store for you when you visit Kalyumet this season.

Located just minutes from Cook Forest and the Clarion River, Kalyumet offers the area's finest family camping & cabin facilities.

From the area's largest heated pool and new playground to our 10* rated restrooms and free WiFi throughout the park, our facilities are second to none.


We have free cable TV with 48 channels at each of our RV sites. We also have 50 amp service available.


Whether you are planning to explore Cook Forest or spend a leisurely vacation with family or friends, we have a site for you. Be our guest and experience family camping at its finest. We invite you to enjoy our activities, relax by your campfire and see the area. You'll be glad you did.


Rates range from $36 per night for a Tent Site - No Hookups to $47 per night for a site with Water, Electric, Sewer & Cable

Weekly Special: Stay 6 nights and the 7th night is free


More information: http://www.kalyumet.com/




Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest

449 Camp Ground Rd

Harrisville, PA 16038

(724) 735-2417


Welcome to Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest, a terrific family campground set in some of the prettiest countryside of Western Pennsylvania!


We offer a special group area called Kozy Club Arena, with 23 campsites surrounding a wonderful picnic pavilion. With our recreation hall sitting adjacent, the Kozy Club Arena is the ideal place for your group, rally, or reunion. Let Yogi Bear show you how much fun camping can be!


Amenities include:

Shady, level RV sites

Pull-thru sites

Full hookups




Swimming pool

Mini golf


Rec hall

Game room

Hiking trails

Security gate

Four-wheel bike rentals

Gem Mining Sluice

Award Winning restrooms & showers

Pets Welcome

Planned Activities & Entertainment for all ages

Non-denominational church services, in season


Rates range from$37.00 per night for Tent sites to $51 per night for Premium Water, Electric & Sewer Sites.  Rates are higher on weekends and holidays.  

More information: http://kozyrestkampground.com/rates.htm




Campers Paradise

9054 Old US Highway 422

New Castle, PA ‎

(724) 368-3766 ‎


Campers Paradise offers a Playground, Fire Truck Rides, Hiking, Biking & Nature Trails, a Swimming Pool, and a Life-sized Checkerboard.


Rates: Campsites are $35 per night for 2 adults and 2 children.

Other accommodations including Tipis, Covered Wagons, Bunkhouses, and various Cabins are available.  

Check out the full list with pricing: http://www.campersparadise.net/rates-top



Pymatuning State Park

Linesville, PA 16424

(724) 932-3141


Almost everything about Pymatuning State Park is huge. At 21,122 acres, it is one of the largest state parks in the Commonwealth. The 17,088-acre Pymatuning Reservoir is the largest lake in the Commonwealth. In its three campgrounds, Pymatuning has the most campsites in the Pennsylvania state park system. More people visit Pymatuning than almost any other state park in Pennsylvania. But the biggest thing about Pymatuning is the fun you can have boating, fishing, swimming, camping and enjoying other recreational opportunities. In addition to the state park facilities, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission operate a fish hatchery and visitor center, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission has wildlife viewing areas and a learning center.


Swimming: Four public beaches, Linesville, Tuttle, Jamestown One and Two, and the beach for campers in Jamestown Campground are open the weekend before Memorial Day through Labor Day, weather and conditions permitting.


Boating: The 17,088-acre Pymatuning Reservoir has many boat launches along the shores, including an ADA accessible launch in the Jamestown Marina and Manning Boat Launch.

The three Pennsylvania boat marinas have boat mooring and rent pontoon boats, motorboats, rowboats, canoes and kayaks, and have a store that has bait, tackle and snacks.


Fishing: The 17,088-acre Pymatuning Reservoir is a warm-water fishery. Common species are walleye, muskellunge, carp, crappie, perch, bluegill and largemouth and smallmouth bass. Ice fishing during the winter months is also popular. When fishing by boat, fishing licenses issued by either Ohio or Pennsylvania are honored anywhere on the lake. When fishing from the shore, only Ohio licensed fishermen can fish from the Ohio shore and Pennsylvania licensed fishermen from the Pennsylvania shore


Camping: flush toilets, warm showers, some electric hook-ups

There are two camping areas that are generally open from mid-April through mid-October. Contact the park for specific dates. All campgrounds are near swimming, boating, fishing and hiking and have a sanitary dump station. The maximum stay in all camping areas is fourteen days during the summer season and 21 days during the off-season. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

In the northern part of the park, Linesville Campground has modern facilities, including showers, flush toilets and ADA accessible campsites. About half of the campsites have electricity.

Rustic campgrounds start with a base price for residents at $15 per night.  


Rate information for Modern Cabins and reservations can be found here:








Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Mill Run

Mill Run, PA 15464 (Fayette County)

Phone: 800-439-9644 or 724-455-2929

Jellystone Park Mill Run, PA is a camp resort where magic happens everyday. Just watch the face of a child when they meet Yogi Bear, Boo Boo, Cindy Bear and Ranger Smith for the first time. You'll see magic fill the air. We offer something for everyone, but children are special to us.

We offer recreational facilities for all ages. Whether it's water fun, mini golf, fun rides, or hanging out with Yogi Bear & his friends, we've got lots of things to keep you and your family busy!


  • Water Fun

    • Upper Swimming Pool

    • Lower Swimming Pool

    • Water Slide

    • Water Wars

    • Spray Zone

  • Mini Golf

  • Mining Sluice

  • Paintball

  • Animaland

  • Rides

    • Carousel Rides

    • Jellystone Park™ Train Rides

    • Picnic Basket Express Rides

    • Hey Wagon Rides

    • Jellystone Park™ Fire Truck Rides

  • Playgrounds

    • Upper Playground

    • Lower Playground

We're the closest Jellystone Park Campground to Pittsburgh, PA so pack up the family and come enjoy and relax with us!

Overnight Cabin rates range from $115 to $220 per night based on size and amenities.  Weekly rates are also available.

Campsite rates range from $55.00 to $85.00 per night.

More information and specials are available on the Website: http://jellystonemillrun.com/index.html

Tall Oaks Campground

544 Camp Riamo Road

Farmington, PA 15437

(724) 329-4777


The park stretches across one hundred and fifty acres of the beautiful Laurel Highlands providing for the most wooded and spacious campsites in Western Pennsylvania. Nearby attractions include the Youghiogheny River in Ohiopyle, Mystic Rock PGA Golf Course and the natural water slides at Forbes State Forest.

Coin-operated showers, a store and restrooms are featured.  Wifi is available near the lodge.

Tent sites start at $12 per person per night

Cabins start at $20 with tax included

More information: http://www.talloakscampground.com/




Keystone State Park

1150 Keystone Park Rd

Derry, PA 15627

(724) 668-2939

The 1,200-acre Keystone State Park is great for day-trips and family vacations year-round. Camping, modern cabins, many trails and a lake are all within walking distance, providing an ideal setting for wildlife watching or outdoor adventures. The park is within easy driving distance from the Pittsburgh metropolitan area and its many attractions.

The 78-acre Keystone Lake has warm and cold water fishing, with trout stockings throughout the year. Warm-water fish are largemouth bass, tiger muskellunge, northern pike, black crappie, yellow perch, carp and brown bullhead catfish. A fishing area by the spillway is ADA accessible.

Boat Rental: Near the main boat launch on Keystone Lake, Northwest Kayak and Canoe rents boats and sells bait, basic camping supplies, firewood and ice.

Swimming: A sand beach is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, 8 a.m. to sunset.

Hiking: 6 miles of trails

Camping: flush toilets, warm showers, some electric hook-ups

About 100 tent and trailer sites are available from the first Friday in April to the third Sunday of October. Lakeside Campground is adjacent to the lake. Hillside Campground is in a more remote area of the park for those wishing more privacy. Both campgrounds have a modern bathhouse. A sanitary dump station is available. Pets are permitted on designated sites.

Rates for sites and cabins vary. Reservations can be made online: http://www.pa.reserveworld.com/SelectCampArea.aspx?PK_ID=6205


Conemaugh Connection
Tunnelton Road
New Alexandria, PA 15670
(724) 459-8986

 The Gallagher Family welcomes you to our "Little Paradise" along the Conemaugh River near the Conemaugh Dam. Known as "Gallagher's Beach", our property sits along a beautiful riverfront where you can camp, kayak, canoe or launch your small boat.

Conemaugh Connection has several primitive campsites. Private showers and restrooms are currently under construction.  Sites includes a fire ring and a picnic table.

Rates for primitive campsites are $10 per night Sunday-Thursday and $15 per night Friday and Saturday.  Holiday weekends are $20 per night.  

Group campsites are also available from $20 to $30 per night.

More information:  http://www.conemaughconnection.com/


Lazy Acres Campground
RR 981
New Alexandria, PA 15670
(724) 668-8067

200 Sites with grounds that feature a Country Store, Planned Entertainment, Playgrounds, a Basketball Court, Recreation Center, Comfort Stations and a Hiking Trail.  Lazy Acres is Golf Cart friendly and Pet friendly.  Wi-Fi is availible.

Keystone State Park is about one mile from Lazy Acres and Idlewild Park and SoakZone are about 15 miles.  


Cabins start at  $40 per night.  Tent sites are $20 per night.

More Information: http://www.lazy-acres-campground.net/custom.html

Fox Den Acres
390 Wilson Fox Road
New Stanton, PA 15672
(724) 925-7054

Fox Den Acres Campground, carved out of the Laurel Highlands foothills, is the largest campground nearest Pittsburgh. Two miles north of exit 75 of the PA Turnpike, it is open 24 hours a day for campers from May 1st to October 31st.

The lake, swimming and wading pools provide ideal settings for fishing, swimming and boating. The Wildlife Museum and Trading Post are unique. There are more than 100 pull-through sites, some of them shaded.

The playground, kiddie pool and two lakes provide hours of fun for youngsters, while adults can enjoy the fishing, swimming and boating. There is a game room, too. Organized activities include Bingo, Crafts for Kids and holiday celebrations such as Christmas in July.

Facilities include restrooms, showers, tables, fire rings and a dump station. For campers’ convenience, LP gas, groceries and RV supplies are available. Security is provided. Leashed pets are permitted. Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. All children and teens must return to campsites by 10 p.m. 

Rates: Tent sites are $25 per night

Campsites with water, electric, sewer, & cable hookups are $33 per night

More information: http://www.foxdenacres.com/



Four Seasons Resort Camping Resort

3 Camp Resort Road

West Finley, PA 15377

(724) 428-4407


Looking for a campground with family camping and ATV riding in Western Pennsylvania? Four Seasons Resort offers the finest in fun-filled family camping. Kids will especially enjoy all the fun events and activities.

Four Seasons Resort offers you and your family an ideal camping and entertainment facility for fun and relaxation. Come feel the comforts of home in our friendly atmosphere nestled on 850 forested acres plus 1047.8 acres of state game lands bordering Four Seasons Resort Wildlife and game abound!

Four Seasons Resort is a family campground with planned activities and special ATV Trails for the whole family. 35 miles of groomed trails for all skill levels. Ride from your campsite or from your room.  When you are tired of riding or hot, take a dip in our olympic sized swimming pool, take the kids fishing at our stocked pond or join in our planned activities. It’s all included when you stay and ride at Four Seasons Resort.

Rates range from $30 per night for a basic campsite to $140 per night for a Cottage.  Cottages sleep up to 6 people.  (Minimum 2 night stay, 3 night stay on holidays for cottages.)

More information: http://www.campfourseasonsresort.com/

Raccoon Creek State Park

3000 Route 18

Hookstown, PA 15050

(724) 899-2200

Raccoon Creek State Park has continued to develop from the park’s beginning as a Recreational Demonstration Area operated by the National Park Service in the 1930s, to one of the largest and most beautiful state parks in Pennsylvania. Facilities at the park are a mix from the early Civilian Conservation Corps camp to modern facilities. In addition to recreational areas, there are large tracts of undeveloped land. The 7,572-acre park features the beautiful 101-acre Raccoon Lake.

The 172 modern tent and trailer campsites are open from the second Friday in April to mid-October. The wooded campground offers a selection of secluded or adjoining sites, a playground, five central washhouses with hot showers and a sanitary dump station. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring.

Rates vary based on dates and accommodations.  Reservations can be made online: http://www.pa.reserveworld.com/SelectCampArea.aspx?PK_ID=6213

Ryerson Station State Park

361 Bristoria Road

Richhill, PA 15380

(724) 428-4254

Ryerson Station State Park is in Greene County in the southwestern corner of Pennsylvania, near the West Virginia border. The 1,164-acre park features the 62-acre Ronald J. Duke Lake that is named in memory of a former manager of Ryerson Station State Park.

Picnic tables are available throughout the park, along with charcoal grills, drinking water and restrooms. Some of these facilities are ADA accessible. A small, children’s play area is in the main picnic area.

The park has five picnic pavilions. Three pavilions may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee. Unreserved picnic pavilions are free on a first-come, first-served basis.

North Fork of Dunkard Fork flows through the lakebed and offers fishing for trout and panfish. In the spring, the PA Fish and Boat Commission stocks the creek downstream from the breastwork of the old dam and upstream of the lakebed, near the Iron Bridge.

Hiking: 13 miles of trails allow visitors to explore the park on foot and on cross-country skis in winter. The trails traverse many habitats, like mature forests, wet valley bottoms, evergreen plantations and fields in ecological succession. Most trails are wide, easily followed and therefore not color-blazed. Where deemed necessary, blazes are yellow. Contact the park office for detailed trail descriptions.

Camping: A 46-site campground for tents or trailers lies on a ridge overlooking the park. Camping facilities are open year-round. Camping permits must be secured at the park office. Some campsites permit pets for an additional fee. Twenty-two sites have electric hookups requiring an additional fee. Vault toilets and a sanitary dump station are provided. A playfield for kickball and other field sports is in the campground.


Rates for campsites vary and reservations can be made online: www.pa.reserveworld.com/SelectCampArea.aspx?PK_ID=6214


Austin Lake RV Park & Cabins

1002 Township Road 285A

Toronto, OH ‎

(740) 544-5253


(About an Hour from Downtown Pittsburgh)


Take a step back in time... or better yet, throw away your watch. Austin Lake RV Park & Cabins is 1,300 acres of nature at its best!


Come camp with us for a day, a weekend or an entire summer. Enjoy the peacefulness of the Appalachian foothills. We are a family oriented campground with a variety of activities for all ages.


Nestled in the scenic hills of the Ohio Valley, the fresh creek, Town Fork and spring-fed lake are surrounded by beautiful woodlands. Our location is convenient,amenities are endless and fun is non-stop!


Rates: Keyhole Primitive Sites (no hookups) are $25 per night

Other sites range from $35 to $45 per night with hookups

Park admission each day is $3.50 for ages 12 and older and $3.00 for Ages 3 - 11

Park admission includes:

Swimming, Jumping Tower, First Fish Pond (catch & release), Playgrounds, Cargo Net, Picnic Grounds, Grills, Clean Bath House, Sand Volleyball, Horseshoes, Creek exploring, Hiking Trails, Bicycle Riding, Fountains, Artsie Metal Sculptures

More information: http://www.austinlakepark.com/



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